MCA releases a consultation on amendments to safety rules and standards for seagoing passenger vessels not engaged on international voyages

Published on: 18 May 2017

This consultation relates to the UK’s implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/844 amending Directive 2009/45/EC “on Safety Rules and Standards for Passenger Ships”.  Please note that this Directive applies only to seagoing domestic passenger ships constructed of steel or equivalent material. These must be vessels carrying more than 12 passengers, which are not on international voyages, and sail either:

  • From and back to the same port
  • To a different port within the same EU Member State

Directive 2016/844 is the latest amendment to the 2009 directive and reflects recent developments to the global safety standards for international passenger ships. The purpose of these standards is to maintain a consistently high level of safety across all EU domestic passenger ships.

British Marine is asking for your views on the amended standards and whether they will have any impact on your business, positive or negative.

Further details, and a number of specific questions, are in the consultation letter and its annexes can be accessed here.  

Please review the documents in the annexes (Annex 1 lists the changes) accessed via the link above and answer the specific questions laid out in Annex 2.

Please send your responses to the MCA via marked for the attention of Stuart Hannam or Richard Bone by 22 June 2017. Alternatively, you can send your feedback to British Marine’s Technical team at by 19 June 2017.